Sandboxes can be a great way for your child to spend time outside and play. Also kids don’t tend to wander far from the sandbox; that’s a positive for parents. As you know, play time is important for neural development, and sand provides a unique texture unlike plastic toys. Exposing your child to different surfaces to walk, crawl, or balance on promote optimal brain growth. Before you send your kids to a sandbox, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
Type of Sand Matters
The sand should be natural river sand or beach sand. Other types of sand can be a dangerous for your toddler. Sand made up of crushed limestone, marble, or crystalline silica can be inhaled and lead to occupational lung diseases later in life. I also recommend something that doesn’t create a lot of dust. This sand from Sandtastick is what you want.
Cover your Sand
When not in use, cover the sand. This is especially important for outdoor sandboxes. When it rains on sand, moisture can accumulate and harbor harmful bacteria and parasites. Even animals and bugs can use sandboxes for bathroom purposes. Cover your sandbox!
Raking your sand is important too. Not only does this keep the sand dryer (less bacteria), but it is a good way to make sure the sand is free of unsafe objects like sharp sticks or used band aids. Gross. Also it’s a good idea to replace the sand every six months or so.
You are now a sandbox expert. I recommend not using your public sandbox. You don’t know what’s in the sand or the type of sand used.
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